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Police see increase in driving under the influence of drugs

In 2015 more than 250 people were killed by drunk drivers in Tennessee. That same year, more than 23,000 people in Tennessee were arrested for driving under the influence.

It is not only alcohol that drivers may consume before becoming dangerous hazards on roads. In fact, some reports suggest that while drunk driving, or driving while under the influence of alcohol, has declined, driving while under the influence of drugs and illegal substances has actually increased. The Maryville Police Department has said it doesn't keep statistics about non-alcohol intoxicated driving, but officers report seeing more of these cases in recent years.

Law enforcement officials take intoxicated driving very seriously and provide a variety of traffic stops and sobriety checkpoints designed to catch impaired drivers and deter others from driving while intoxicated. However, these efforts are not comprehensive and an unfortunate number of dangerously impaired drivers end up behind the wheels of vehicles.

When a drunk or impaired driving accident occurs, the results can be deadly. It is not uncommon for the victims of these preventable accidents to perish or to suffer life-threatening injuries. Overcoming the pain and suffering that one may experience in the wake of a drunk or impaired driving accident can be excruciating both emotionally and financially. Many victims struggle to return to their normal lives after their accidents and must cope with the sometimes extreme costs of recuperating from their injuries.

Though no civil lawsuit can undo the damage that a drunk or impaired driving accident causes it may help a victim recover the compensation they need to get their life back on track. Criminal prosecution of a drunk or impaired driver does not preclude a victim from pursuing their damages against a responsible party; attorneys who practice personal injury law may be able to provide those readers with further questions about drunk driving accidents with the information they need to make good decisions about their legal options.

Source: thedailytimes.com, "The DUI problem: Making progress, but still striving," Mike Gibson, March 19, 2017

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